BOLTON'S coronavirus infection rate is the highest in Greater Manchester in figures released today.

Greater Manchester deputy mayor Sir Richard Leese, who leads on healthcare, revealed that the region's overall seven-day rate of positive cases per 100,000 people was 91.8 in the week ending March 27.

That number fell to 63.5 in the seven day up to April 3.

In that period, Bolton's rate dropped from 101.9 to 76.2, the highest in the region.

In an online briefing, Sir Richard said: "You will now that there is most definitely a trend within these figures that they're all on a downward trajectory.

"Every single place has come down since a week ago but you can see the trend over the last three weeks, putting us into a far better position."

Weekly Covid-19 hospital admissions also decreased from 53 in the week up to March 30 to 34 in the seven days up to April 6.

Sir Richard praised the vaccination programme with 94 per cent of people over 70 in the region having their first jab.

"A total of 51 per cent of all adults have had a single vaccination too.

He also urged people to make sure they have their second jab.

Sir Richard added: "We're not completely out of the woods yet and we need to maintain our effort to make sure that we can have that normal life that we all want."